Brian Delma Taylor (Photo: Sol Miranda)

EMBARK Peekskill co-founder Sol Miranda posted a heartfelt message to honor the memory of Peekskill resident Brian Delma Taylor, who passed away earlier this week. Her message, which was posted on Facebook, is as follows:

“The EMBARK family is devastated by the sudden passing of our board member, beloved friend, flutist, composer, teacher, actor and community volunteer, Brian Delma Taylor. We have lost a gifted artist and human being. Brian’s passion and commitment to Embark had no match.

From his “A Prayer for the Living” concerto debut in Westchester at the Peekskill Riverfront during our Performing Arts Festival in 2011 on the tenth anniversary of 9/11; to his amazing Concert Finale of our second Performing Festival in 2012 featuring his jazz and world music compositions; to his CD Release Party, to his service as a board member and even setting up sound at so many of our events and at the Downtown Outdoor Music Series (Block Party) in 2014, Brian was part of the heart of EMBARK. His compassion and dedication also extended to the local Salvation Army family, where he helped with the chorus and serving meals. He also taught at several music studios, collaborated with other artists and organizations, and helped produce the music of many.

Our hearts go out to his family, friends, students and all who were inspired and transformed by our dear beloved Brian. Rest in Peace as you compose and conduct a choir of heavenly angels—let us hear it in the wind, please.”